Excessive reassurance seeking as a mediator of sociotropy and negative interpersonal life events.

The Interpersonal Theory of Depression suggests that depressed individuals have behavioral patterns that alienate people in their environment, thereby reducing social support and maintaining their depression. Excessive reassurance seeking has been implicated as such a behavior. A model was tested in which excessive reassurance seeking mediates the relationships between sociotropy and increases in negative interpersonal […]

Integrating sociotropy, negative inferences and social stressors as explanations for the development of depression in adolescence: interactive and mediational mechanisms.

This study examined the conjoint contribution of sociotropy, negative inferences about social events, and social stressors to the development of depression in adolescents.

Excessive reassurance seeking, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms in children of affectively ill parents: an experience sampling analysis.

The current study examined whether excessive reassurance seeking serves as a vulnerability factor to depressive symptoms in a sample of children of affectively ill parents using a multiwave longitudinal design and experience sampling methodology. In addition, we examined whether self-esteem moderates the association between excessive reassurance seeking and increases in depressive symptoms following increases in […]

Interpersonal vulnerability to depression in high-risk children: the role of insecure attachment and reassurance seeking.